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Arizona Legislature OKs abortion medication requirement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:52
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday that requires abortion providers to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and bars women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl charged with desertion, misbehavior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:24

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan, was formally charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious count, the Army said. Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell of Yale Law School, said the Army had scheduled an Article 32 investigation hearing on April 22 to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a court-martial. The Army said the investigation, similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, would take place at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.


Governor OKs allowing restaurants to ban drive-thru cyclists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:16
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has approved a bill that would overrule Salt Lake City's mandate that restaurants allow cyclists in drive-thru lanes.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:06

A member of an Iraqi Shiite militant group called Imam Ali Brigades patrols in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters, a senior U.S. official said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Family of unarmed Georgia man killed by police launches own investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:04
By Rich McKay TUCKER, Ga. (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed, naked black man shot dead by police earlier this month said on Wednesday that they have launched their own investigation into the killing of a man they described as a gentle soul. Anthony Hill's relatives announced the investigation while visiting the suburban Atlanta apartment complex where the war veteran, aspiring musician and devout Christian who suffered from bipolar disorder was killed on March 9. His death is among a spate of killings in the United States of unarmed black men by white police officers. "I want to find the truth," said Hill's mother, Carolyn Baylor-Giummo, of Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

Judge appoints examiner in bankruptcy of Caesars division

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:02
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Watergate prosecutor who was later involved in efforts to secure the release of Americans during the Iran hostage crisis while assistant secretary of the Treasury is now investigating business deals made by Caesars Entertainment Corp. before the casino giant's debt-heavy operations division filed for bankruptcy in January.

Californians worry about water, favor legalizing pot and like Jerry Brown: poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:01

California Governor Brown looks on during a news conference at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Californians support Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, worry about water and increasingly favor legalizing marijuana, a new poll shows. About 55 percent of adults approve of the job Brown is doing, down from an all-time high of 61 percent in January, but still pretty good marks, according to the latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Likely voters in the most populous U.S. state also tend to agree with Brown's position that the University of California should get more funding if it holds tuition flat, with 52 percent in favor.


Suspect nabbed for punching SEPTA driver in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:55

Suspect nabbed for punching SEPTA driver in Strawberry MansionAuthorities arrested a suspect for punching a SEPTA driver in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section.


Illinois man charged with abusing 3-year-old on flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:54
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Utah have charged a man accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy on a plane.

Pa. attorney general cracks down on 3 local used car dealers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:53

Pa. attorney general cracks down on 3 local used car dealersThe Pennsylvania Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against three local car dealerships accused of deceiving consumers and selling cars that are not fit for the road.


California attorney general moves to end anti-gay initiative

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:49
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.

U.S. ATF had to ditch $600,000 worth of surveillance drones: watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:46

US ATF Director Jones testifies at hearing on FY2016 budget on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent about $600,000 on six drones that had so many defects they were never used for video surveillance as planned, and were eventually ditched, the Justice Department's internal watchdog reported on Wednesday. The Office of the Inspector General said it was "troubled" that the ATF, a Justice Department agency, spent money between September 2011 and September 2012 on drones that were rendered unsuitable. ATF officials spent $315,000 on one gas-powered drone that was never used "due to multiple technical defects," the audit found. The report did not name the manufacturer of the six faulty drones, which were eventually given away to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the report said.


Correction: Officer Killed story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:41
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a story March 24 about a police officer fatally shot in San Jose, Calif., The Associated Press reported erroneously the contents of a tweet. The tweet read "tragic loss," not "traffic loss."

Stepmother, father arrested after Florida three-year-old found dead in box

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:40
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida police on Wednesday arrested the stepmother and father of a 3-year-old child, initially reported missing, whose dead body was found inside a box in their home's laundry room. Police said Ahizya Osceola suffered extensive injuries. He was found in an 8-inch-wide box, wrapped in a garbage bag, Frank Fernandez, the police chief in Hollywood, Florida, told reporters. "No child should ever, ever endure this life, the life of little Ahizya," he said at a news conference. ...

California bill that would allow assisted suicide passes Senate panel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:34
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Physician-assisted suicide would be legal for terminally ill patients in California under a bill passed on Wednesday by a committee of the state Senate. The bill, passed by the Senate Health Committee, would allow patients who are mentally competent and have fewer than six months to live to obtain prescriptions for medication to end their lives. “This end-of-life decision should remain with the individual, as a matter of personal freedom and liberty without criminalize those who help to honor our wishes,” said state Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat representing suburbs east of San Francisco and the state's wine country and one of the bill's authors. The California bill is moving through the legislature at a time when the issue of assisted suicide has sparked public attention following the death of brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard last fall.

Wisconsin trooper killed in shootout was new academy grad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:31

In this photo provided by Wisconsin Department of Transportation/Division of State Patrol is Wisconsin State Patrol trooper Trevor Casper, 21. Casper, just three months out of the academy and working his "dream job," died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed another motorist in Fond Du Lac, Wis. (AP Photo/Department of Transportation/Division of State Patrol)FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his "dream job" died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.


Prosecutors: Both brothers fired deadly shots at Ofc. Robert Wilson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:28

 Both brothers fired deadly shots at Ofc. Robert WilsonProsecutors hope to prove that both suspects fired deadly shots that killed a Philadelphia police officer during a robbery inside a video game store.


Kansas set for 1st ban on a 2nd trimester abortion procedure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:27

Rep. Steve Brunk, left, a Wichita Republican, spoke on the House floor Wednesday, March 25, 2015, against an amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Bollier, right, R-Mission Hills. Bollier offered the amendment to the bill Brunk carried that would ban the "dilation and evacuation" abortion procedure. Bollier’s amendment would have altered the legislation to permit doctors to use the procedure at less than 24 weeks of gestation if the pregnant woman's membrane ruptured. The amendment was defeated and the bill was given approval by the House. (AP Photo/Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators Wednesday approved a proposed ban on a common second-trimester procedure described by abortion opponents as dismembering a fetus, making their state the first to adopt a national group's model policy.


Yet another South Carolina sheriff's career ends in shame

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:23

Former Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson, right, walks out of federal court on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Johnson is awaiting his sentence for a mail fraud scheme where prosecutors said he created false police reports to help people improve their credit scores. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The eighth of nine South Carolina sheriffs charged or investigated for crimes in recent years has been sentenced to prison.


Report: 5 Syrian chemical facilities to be destroyed by June

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:16
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report says all five of Syria's underground production facilities for chemical weapons will be destroyed by June.